REKA AUSTRALIAN ARTIST
James Reka (AKA REKA ONE) is one of Australia’s most recognisable street art exports. Originally from Melbourne, he has since relocated to Berlin, where he has been working on large scale murals and painting projects across Europe. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a fresh wall from Reka here in Oz so it was a was a pleasant surprise to hear he’d be back for a short stay with walls on his mind.
Not only were we fortunate enough to work with him his first ever Australian print release, we also managed to get some inside info on the walls he painted during his stay. Despite the short length of his visit, Reka managed to smash out a couple of huge murals over at Melbourne Polytechnic, two buildings each 7 storeys high! It’s really nice to see him work with typically Australian motifs and colours and honestly, you can only truly appreciate the scale of the work when you see it in person.
Melbourne Polytechnic in Melbourne, Australia:
“I was commissioned to paint 2 x 7-storey towers on the front facade of the Melbourne Polytechnic in Melbourne, Australia. After 3 years since my last Melbourne visit, I was very happy to be given this opportunity to paint back in my Hometown. For many years I wanted to explore Australian themes in my mural work. I decided to explore Australia’s beautiful and unique wildlife and native flora and fauna. Both murals depict native birds sitting in Australian Gum-trees. An Eastern Rosella Bird and a classic Kookaburra that both sit among Gum leaves, Blossoms and Gum Nutsthat can be seen surround the buildings location in Windsor. Through the next month staying in Melbourne I will be exploring more Australian elements in upcoming murals and artwork.” – Reka
Regardless of time constraints he also found time to get over the Nullarbor to do some work over in Perth. Although smaller than the walls over here in Melbourne the two Perth walls are still is bursting with Rekas trademark style. Super vibrant and perfectly chosen colour schemes compliment the themes to a tee. It’s pretty amazing to see how well his work can harmonise both inside a space as well as on the outside.
Claremont Corner in Perth, Australia:
“An interior wall project located at the Claremont Corner in Perth and was painted in conjunction with FORM Australia. I painted abstract landscapes on 2 walls that were located in walkways leading into the establishment. Abstract shapes resembling Flora from the outback of Australia with cropped and layered elements of the human form to balance.” – Reka
In-between his large scale projects he kept busy by painting some smaller works around Melbourne, so there are plenty of colour puzzles tucked into alleyways just waiting to be found by a curious stranger. Reka also mentioned to us that he will indeed return, and he has some seriously unique ideas about future projects. Personally we can’t wait to see what he comes up with.